FYS-KJM4710 – Radiation and radiation dosimetry

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Course content

An introduction to different types of interaction between ionising radiation and matter, and how radiation doses from such radiation are calculated and measured (dosimetry). The effect of radiation on relevant substances like water and important biological molecules. This knowledge will form a basis for the understanding of the biological effects of ionising radiation and for the understanding of some measurement principles. An overview of radioactive and non-radioactive radiation sources. The use of such radiation sources in diagnostics, research, cancer treatment and industry. Principles of protection against radiation for external and internal radiation sources.

Learning outcome

To understand primary and secondary effects of ionising radiation, and how radiation doses are calculated and measured. The understanding of the principles of protection against radiation, their origin and applications will provide the student with a tool for evaluating possible dangers in the use of ionising radiation.


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Recommended previous knowledge

FYS3710-eng or KJM4900.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against KJ-FY370. 5 credits overlap against FYS398.


The course extends over a full semester with 3-4 hours of teaching per week. Compulsory lab work and problem solving.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Final oral exam. Letter grade.

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Explanations and appeals

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Facts about this course






Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)